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Identity by
Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide
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Jean-François Oeben (French): Mechanical Table

This furniture allowed you to move in certain ways that might be seductive.
#78
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Paris - New York by
Peter Kenny
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Charles-Honoré Lannuier (American): Card table

It wasn’t for poker at night with the boys.
#69
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Blazing Saddle by
Donald La Rocca
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Saddle (gser sga) [Tibetan, Derge]

This tradition of highly decorative saddles continues uninterrupted in Tibet for at least a thousand years.
#66
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Stubborn by
Sinéad Vilbar
, curator

Fudõ Myõõ (Achala-vidyãrãja) [Japan]

He’s like the bouncer of Buddhism.
#59
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Curls by
Wolfram Koeppe
, curator

Alexander Danilovich Menshikov (1673–1729) [Russian, Saint Petersburg]

It was a great mystery: who he is, who made it.
#60
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Noise by
Maryan W. Ainsworth
, curator

Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant (Netherlandish): The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment

Van Eyck has really broken the silence.
#55
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Phenomenon by
Bradley Strauchen-Scherer
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Bartolomeo Cristofori (Italian): Grand Piano

It’s completely intuitive; it’s very responsive; it’s incredibly intimate.
#56
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Gratitude by
J. Kenneth Moore
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Goto Teijo (Japanese): Koto

This object has art, it has music, it’s got myth, but behind all that there’s a very human story.
#46
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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On Site
Sustenance by
Catharine Roehrig
, curator

Statue of an Offering Bearer [Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre]

They’ve captured her in a moment in time.
#36
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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On Site
Playing from Memory by
Eric Kjellgren
, curator

Slit Gong (Atingting kon) [Tin Mweleun; Vanuatu, Ambrym Island]

The ancestors watch over human activities, but are also connected with the larger workings of the cosmos.
#33
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Protective by
Alison Manges Nogueira
, curator

Giovanni Bellini (Italian): Madonna and Child

I can see a very deep sense of compassion, a mother’s desire to protect her child, which she may only be able to do for a short while.
#27
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Threshold by
Keith Christiansen
, curator

Berlinghiero (Italian): Madonna and Child

It’s an expression that can be dead, unless we engage ourselves in it.
#18
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Cracking the Code by
Dirk Breiding
, curator

Attributed to Heinrich Heid von Winterthur (German/Swiss): Crossbow of Ulrich V of Württemberg

Art history is very much like detective work, and if you’re lucky there’s even a mystery to be solved.
#24
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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String Theory by
Jayson Kerr Dobney
, curator

Hermann Hauser (German): Guitar

I listen to him play and I just get this profound respect.
#3
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Extreme Fashion by
Andrew Bolton
, curator

Alexander McQueen (British): No. 13 [Collection]

When I first watched it, it was purely visceral, and made me question the requisites of clothing.
#11
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Prime of Life by
Alisa LaGamma
, curator

Seated Female Figure from a Reliquary [Fang peoples; Gabon or Equatorial Guinea]

She’s completely at ease and staring down any kind of gaze.
#4
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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